China’s ’24 solar terms’ was successfully added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) world intangible cultural heritage list on Nov.30. The announcement was made during the 11th session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritages in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.
China’s ’24 solar terms’ is a knowledge system and social practice formed through observations of the sun’s annual motion. And it can show directly the change in season, climate and phenology in a year. The 24 terms include Start of Spring, Rain Water, Awakening of Insects, Spring Equinox, Clear and Bright, Grain Rain, Start of Summer, Grain Buds, Grain in Ear, Summer Solstice, Minor Heat, Major Heat, Start of Autumn, End of Heat, White Dew, Autumn Equinox, Cold Dew, Frost’s Descent, Start of Winter, Minor Snow, Major Snow, Winter Solstice, Minor Cold and Major Cold.
The nomination is one of the 37 requests for inscription on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Another five nominations were also proposed for the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage has inscribed 336 elements onto the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 10 years.